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Published: Tuesday, Oct. 1 2013 8:59 a.m. MDT

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Daniel Leifker
San Francisco, CA

I am self-employed and work at home in San Francisco. I hate it. When I get up in the morning, it's just too easy to stay in my pajamas, nibble on breakfast, and read news or check my stock portfolio online until 9:00 or 10:00 in the morning because nobody is watching. My work and personal life blur together, and at the end of a hard day my home feels hot and stuffy and in disorder, just like airplanes get near the end of a 10-hour flight. But I can't leave my work problems at the office and go home, because I am home. I would take a small pay cut if my clients would give me a nice office space with a reasonable commute. It's now possible to rent desks and cubicles in downtown San Francisco (in a shared workspace) for around $400 or $500 a month, and I'm seriously thinking about doing this. Telecommuting is a mixture of plusses and minuses. Not everyone enjoys it.

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

LOL, they'd choose that because they could more easily not work. No supervision = little productivity.

BostonLDS
Salt lake City, UT

I think if I had kids in daycare, I'd take a pay cut and work from home instead of paying the thousands a year for someone else to look after them, but I agree with the other comments that working from home would probably lower my productivity.

Dr. Thom
Long Beach, CA

I have worked from home for over 6 years and get the same amount of work, actually more done since I don't have to out up with politics and drama. Since I am more productive at home instead of the office, I should get an increase in my salary, not a reduction simply because my backside isn't warming a chair within visual range of my boss

utahcitizen1
Vernal, UT

I think it depends on the expectations whether productivity falls or not. I work from home and my expectations are task oriented and take a minimum amount of time to complete. In some ways I work harder than in an office, because I can't chat with co-workers and there aren't any short breaks built in like before. Because I'm on salary I have to work pretty hard to finish my assigned tasks in a regular 40 hours. It is an unspoken expectation that my contract will not be renewed each year if I do not complete quality work either.

I do get paid a little less than my counterparts in the same field, but to me having the flexibility and lack of commute that comes from working from home is well worth it. I miss the face-to-face relationships I can have with co-workers, but at the same time deal with a lot less politics. There are definite pros/cons, but I'm happy with it :)

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